SO WHY ALL THE FERGUSON HOOPLA? Last time the Dems and Sharpton made a big deal of a shooting, it was the Trayvon Martin case, hyped to keep up black turnout for 2012. But now there’s not an election. So why Ferguson, and why now? Polling indicates that most people aren’t all that sympathetic, and protests that tie up Interstates, etc. aren’t going to attract swing voters.
But it’s not about swing voters. It’s about the base. And it’s not about the Democratic Party’s base, but about certain leaders’ base within the Democratic Party. This may be best understood as an intra-party struggle. Obama is the champion of the urban-black wing of the party, and because of him that wing has been on top. But his star is fading, black voters are beginning to realize that they haven’t benefited economically, and the next Dem nominee — whether it’s Hillary Clinton, Jim Webb, or Elizabeth Warren — will be from the white gentry-liberal wing of the Democratic Party. The riots, the marches, the traffic-blocking are a way of telling them that the Sharpton wing is still a force to be reckoned with, and to improve its bargaining power between now and 2016. At least, that’s the only way this — not at all spontaneous — street theater makes sense.
On the one hand, I want to ridicule this theory from one end of the Earth to the other. As if one could encounter someone in the Ferguson mob either here or in other cities, and they’re going to tell you that they’re doing it to prevent a gentry-liberal from winning the Democrat nomination in 2016.
But that’s not the specific accusation here. Instapundit’s theory is that race arsonists and race hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, various other powerful black preachers in a lot of cities, and maybe to a small extent, Barack Obama himself, are stirring this shit up to enhance their hand in internecine Democrat politics.
Remember, though, Barack Obama himself is not from the Sharpton wing. Far from being a militant street black supposedly in contrast with the gentry liberals, Obama himself is a gentry liberal who happens to have a colored face. The white gentry liberals of the Democrat Party loved Obama for being a credible politically savvy (enough) and oratorically elegant (if he’s on prompter) half black person with a high enough LSAT score; a talisman to relieve them of their white guilt. When Obama tried to be a street negro, and tried to launch a career based on that imagery, (think: Democrat Primary against Bobby Rush in 2000), he failed spectacularly. It’s only when he went back to being the white liberal’s magic mulatto that his political career finally took off. Though as late as the summer of 2007, in the minds of street blacks and other similar people, Obama wasn’t black enough, was a magic negro, and Jesse Jackson wanted to cut Obama’s nuts off. Once he started winning early Democrat primaries and caucuses in 2008, mainly on the backs of white liberals in states that had low black population percentages, that’s what changed the mind of street black politicos that some mixed race black person could actually win, and that’s when they got on the hopeychange train. From there, Obama won just about all the Democrat primaries in black-heavy states.
Also remember that Obama wasn’t born into nor did he grow up in the hood; his childhood was that of a mixed race boy and young man shuffling between Hawaii and Indonesia being immersed in whitasian (“white” + “Asian”) democratic leftism.